Los Angeles County Department of Mental Health

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Updated May 23, 2015
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  1. Helpful (1)

    Excellent benefits and management team

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Psychologist II
    Former Employee - Psychologist II

    I worked at Los Angeles County Department of Mental Health full-time (More than 10 years)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    Benefits are very low cost, salaries are on step system and available for all.

    Cons

    Stressful work environment and not always supportive of individuals


  2. County Life

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - PSWI in Los Angeles, CA
    Current Employee - PSWI in Los Angeles, CA

    I have been working at Los Angeles County Department of Mental Health full-time (More than 3 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    consistent work, acceptable benefits, union representation, can transfer to different departments, trainings to provide better mental health treatment and needed for licensure, employees who work hard with given resources, employees work hard to connect with clients, 9/80,5/40,4/40 work schedules,

    Cons

    lack of resources to provide clients with, unreasonable expectations, does not take employee feedback to improve work environment, very large disconnect between headquarters and directly operated clinics, blanketed policies that don't apply to all clinics and populations, does not count non-billable work (which there is plenty of ) towards productivity or 'direct services', rigid and unreasonable expectations of providing adequate services with very large caseloads without support or resources, public believes mental health clinics are housing agencies, very stressful work environment, merging with Health Services

    Advice to Management

    Let clinics individually create policies within the limits of overall county policy to run their clinic, LEARN and Experience how the different clinics work prior to implementing policy and procedures, Increase cleanliness of buildings to address mold in older buildings, refer to cons and address ways to improve them.


  3. Helpful (2)

    Don't do it!!!

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Los Angeles County Department of Mental Health

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    Job security and benefits. Many training opportunities for new clinicians.

    Cons

    Extremely punitive, demoralizing work environment. Unrealistic demands and expectations with no support.

    Advice to Management

    Listen to your employees.


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  5. Helpful (1)

    Social worker

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Los Angeles County Department of Mental Health

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Benefits and salary are great

    Cons

    Management is a mess and aren't trustworthy.

    Advice to Management

    Do the right thing and stop being scared.


  6. Helpful (2)

    "Ruled" by unethical incompetents.

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Administrative Services Manager II in Los Angeles, CA
    Current Employee - Administrative Services Manager II in Los Angeles, CA

    I have been working at Los Angeles County Department of Mental Health full-time (More than 5 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Benefits. Some good colleagues. Regular hours. Usually decent work sites.

    Cons

    Incompetent, unethical and grossly insecure managers and so-called dept "leadership" fearful of being discovered as frauds. Few advancement opportunities, unless you brown nose for a living. Widely regarded as the worst dept in the County.

    Advice to Management

    Resign quickly so that competent, professional managers and executives can try to remedy your numerous failures.


  7. Helpful (3)

    LACDMH Psychiatric Social Worker

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Los Angeles County Department of Mental Health

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    As a civil servant you are offered some job security.

    Cons

    Strict "Plutocracy" with a rigid top down hierarchy, negative politics, and corruption. Best advice, stay far, far away.

    Advice to Management

    I wish they would care to hear advice; unfortunately they are not truly accountable to anyone.


  8. Helpful (2)

    Lower salery but above average benefits.

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Clinical Psychologist II in Los Angeles, CA
    Current Employee - Clinical Psychologist II in Los Angeles, CA

    I have been working at Los Angeles County Department of Mental Health full-time (More than 10 years)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Excellent benefits. Health dental and life ins paid.

    Cons

    Slightly lower average salary. Big organization equals more dysfunction.

    Advice to Management

    Stop promoting people just because they have years of County service. Actually look at supervisory skill sets and professionalism as targets.


  9. Helpful (7)

    Find a Niche to keep yourself "Safe.".

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Supervisor in Los Angeles, CA
    Current Employee - Supervisor in Los Angeles, CA

    I have been working at Los Angeles County Department of Mental Health full-time (More than 10 years)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Great benefits; long-term financial stability; finances have been managed well - no lay-offs through the recession; opportunity to move between programs and Departments every few years; you can find those precious few who are dedicated and competent. IF you can find a safe niche where the leadership is competent, clear, and compassionate, you can have a fulfilling work experience.

    Cons

    DMH is known for being dysfunctional and punitive. Those promoted do not receive leadership training or supervision. It is impossible to get administration to address issues of poor or abusive leadership that results in fragmentation within units, generalized fear, and demoralization. Ultimately individual fulfillment, creativity, and productivity is affected. Employees feel trapped by those great benefits and the prospect of long-term employment.

    Advice to Management

    Thank you for the vision you have shared and implemented. However, provide training for those who are promoted; supervise their activities and what they do to team-build. Build from the base for greater creativity and productivity. Allow employees to rate supervisors, pgm heads & up.


  10. Helpful (1)

    pluses and minuses

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Clinical Psychologist II in Norwalk, CA
    Current Employee - Clinical Psychologist II in Norwalk, CA

    I have been working at Los Angeles County Department of Mental Health full-time (More than 10 years)

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    good benefits and some wonderful people

    Cons

    nonempathetic towards employees in making administrative decisions

    Advice to Management

    remember we're people with integrity and value, not pawns on a chessboard.



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